Lyon edge rivals to reach semis

Lyon can thank goalkeeper Hugo Lloris for a dramatic late save
after he leapt across goal to punch clear Wendell’s goalbound
header three minutes from time. It meant Marouane Chamakh’s
first-half goal ultimately counted for nothing as Lyon’s first-leg
advantage held up through a tense second half. It was no less than
they deserved as, save for a spell late in the first half, they
were the more composed team on the night, and created several
chances to kill the game off. Lyon went close to getting what could
have been a killer away goal as early as the eighth minute, when
Michel Bastos sent a powerful free-kick inches wide of the top
right-hand corner of the net. The visitors were enjoying the better
of the opening stages as Bafetimbi Gomis headed just over from
Cesar Delgado’s corner. Bordeaux were struggling to get their
primary weapon, Chamakh, into the game, and instead their first
chance went to Yoann Gourcuff, who headed over when allowed to
escape his marker and meet Silva Wendell’s inswinging free-kick.
When Chamakh finally did get on the ball inside the area,
Jean-Alain Boumsong was able to block his shot before the referee
blew for a handball by the Bordeaux forward anyway. However, the
hosts were beginning to find their feet, pegging Lyon back as they
sent in several crosses to test the visitors’ defence. Wendell then
delivered another free-kick from an identical spot to his first to
create another chance for Chamakh. Boumsong’s touch dropped the
ball at his feet, but the big defender recovered to block Chamakh’s
shot on the turn. At the other end, Aly Cissokho could be grateful
to escape with a yellow for hitting out at Wendell after losing the
ball on the left wing. Cissokho was riding his luck when he brought
down Wendell again to set up a third free-kick from the right wing,
but this time the delivery did not clear the first defender. With
half-time approaching, Alou Diarra rattled the crossbar with a
superb strike from distance that left Lloris with no chance, but
still left Bordeaux lamenting their luck. But seconds later, they
were right back in the tie and inevitably it was Chamakh who got
the goal. Benoit Tremoulinas’ cross from the left was touched on by
Jaroslav Plasil and Chamakh was on hand to stab home from close
range and leave the game beautifully poised at half-time. Lyon gave
Bordeaux a wake-up call early in the second half as Gomis skipped
past goalkeeper Cedric Carrasso but, having been forced wide, could
only find defender Marc Planus as he cut the ball back. Bastos then
lashed a shot wide from just outside the area as Bordeaux were slow
the to start the half once again. Lyon continued to pile on the
pressure, with Michael Ciani forced to dive and head Bastos’
goalbound shot away for a corner. Bordeaux were producing little as
an attacking force, but were perhaps unlucky not to get a penalty
when Cris clumsily bundled over Chamakh on the edge of the area.
The hosts continued to push for any sort of chance they could
create. Gourcuff’s dangerous free-kick from the left was headed
away by Mathieu Bodmer under intense pressure, and from the
resulting corner Gourcuff found Ludovic Sane free of his marker at
the far post but he headed wide from a great position. Lloris then
made the save that kept Lyon in the Champions League, stretching
out a strong left hand to claw away Wendell’s powerful header back
across goal from Mathieu Chalme’s cross with three minutes left.